Remembrance – All Saints’

REMEMBRANCE

All throughout November the Church remembers those who have died and prays for them. The month began with All Saints Day where we remember all of the Saints and we think about how we can follow their example of ordinary people living as God asked them to. For the rest of the month it is a time for reflection and prayer and we are continuing with this in our prayer resources this week.

 

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

This week we are thinking about the Word REMEMBRANCE. As we reflect on the Remembrance parades, Masses and services that took place over the weekend, we bring to mind all people who gave their lives in the World Wars and in service of their country.


We pray for all of the Holy Souls in heaven, united as a Church, during this month of Remembrance. We also pray for the repose of the soul of Mrs Taylor, as she joins the angels. We thank God for the gift of Mrs Taylor and for her years of service and dedication for all in the All Saints’ community. May God hold her dearly in his loving arms and may God bless and strengthen her family at this time, when they too remain in our prayers.

Let us pray…

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. A

Year 7 & 8

Today, we spend a few moments reflecting on and preparing for Remembrance Sunday.

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We take time to remember those who gave their lives in service, honouring their country.

On your poppy, write a prayer for those who served and are now with the angels.

Decorate your poppy, with which we will build a cascading display in the chapel.

Make it beautiful, as a sign of respect for those who acted selflessly in the line of duty.

You might like to play some quiet music while you reflect on your poppy and prayer.

Once your poppies have finished, let us join together in prayer…

Let us pray…

Lord, you gave us Jesus, your Son, who embodied selflessness in the sacrifice he made for us all.

Help us to act selflessly, to walk humbly and to live graciously in your world, as beacons of light who honour all whose light now shines down on us from heaven.  Amen.

(If anyone feels able to, share your prayer, before joining together as a class to pray the Eternal Rest prayer again)

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We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

As we continue to reflect on the theme of Remembrance today we focus on a piece of scripture that deepens our understand on the theme. 

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John

Everyone responds with: Glory to You O Lord

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

The Gospel of the Lord

Everyone responds with: Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ

These words in John’s Gospel are spoken by Jesus. He alludes to the sacrifice he’s about to make. The disciples surely missed the true depth of these words in that moment. But after he died on the cross and rose again these words took on a whole new meaning. 

Jesus showed that “there is no greater love than this” when he laid down his life for us. The main point of this verse is this: Jesus displayed the ultimate form of love for us by going to the cross. 

Taking this into account, answer the questions below as a form:

How does this link to Remembrance Sunday?

What other things come to mind when you hear this scripture?

Comment your forms answers below

Year 7 & 8

Today, we spend a few moments reflecting on and preparing for Remembrance Sunday.

6 FREE poppy images for Remembrance Day6 FREE poppy images for Remembrance Day

We take time to remember those who gave their lives in service, honouring their country.

On your poppy, write a prayer for those who served and are now with the angels.

Decorate your poppy, with which we will build a cascading display in the chapel.

Make it beautiful, as a sign of respect for those who acted selflessly in the line of duty.

You might like to play some quiet music while you reflect on your poppy and prayer.

Once your poppies have finished, let us join together in prayer…

Let us pray…

Lord, you gave us Jesus, your Son, who embodied selflessness in the sacrifice he made for us all.

Help us to act selflessly, to walk humbly and to live graciously in your world, as beacons of light who honour all whose light now shines down on us from heaven.  Amen.

(If anyone feels able to, share your prayer, before joining together as a class to pray the Eternal Rest prayer again)

Catholic Eternal Rest Prayer – Art of CondolenceCatholic Eternal Rest Prayer – Art of Condolence

 

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Continuing our theme of remembrance, we focus today on the Corporal Works of Mercy. 

Burying and praying for the dead is one of the corporal works, which are rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ. The concept of the Corporal Works of Mercy can be traced back to the Gospel of Matthew, where Jesus says, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” (Matthew 25:35-36)

The Corporal Works of Mercy are directed towards relieving bodily suffering.  They include:

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These works are not only seen as ways to help those in need, but also as a way for individuals to grow in holiness and to share the love and compassion of Christ.

The act of burying or praying for the dead might involve:

Attending funerals.

Sending cards, prayers or flowers to grieving families.

Donating to a cause that is special to a grieving family.

Making food or a care package for a grieving family. 

Visiting a grave stone and praying there.

Visiting a grieving family and comforting them. 

Regularly praying for those who are dead or grieving.

Some of us may have received these works of mercy, through our own experiences of loss.  Some of us may have experienced being the giver of mercy if we have had a friend or family member who is grieving.  Some of us might not have experienced any of these works, but it’s important to be aware of the ways that we can help one another in the ways that Christ calls us to.

Let’s all make the extra effort this week and in the month of remembrance to pray for the people and families who might be grieving or finding things difficult at the moment and we if we personally know people who are suffering, think about how you can offer them the work of mercy.

In the main reception area, the mirror has space for you to write names of those you’ve lost, who you’d like us to pray for during this month of remembrance, so take time to visit and write on the remembrance mirror.

We continue to keep Mrs Taylor and her family in our thoughts and prayers during this time, as we pray for the repose of her soul and for the Lord’s healing comfort and strength upon her family.

Let us pray together:

Bless those who mourn, eternal God, with the comfort of your love, that they may face each new day with hope and the certainty that nothing can destroy the memories they have had and the kingdom of heaven, where we too will unite with the Father. May their memories become joyful, their days enriched with friendship, and their lives encircled by your love. 

We ask this prayer through Christ our Lord,

Amen

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

As we continue on our theme of remembrance, let’s revisit our scripture:

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John

Everyone responds with: Glory to You O Lord

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

The Gospel of the Lord

Everyone responds with: Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ

Today, our focus is setting up a mission that we can live out. Discuss with you form what you can do to live out the word ‘Remembrance’ during the month of November.

What can we ‘do’ to act selflessly, in remembrance of the needs of others?

How can we be examples to others, through our acts of kindness and humility?

 

Let us pray…
Father, you gave us people who set examples of service and selflessness, people like the soldiers who gave their lives,
the saints and martyrs and all of our ancestors who have joined your heavenly angels. Help us to go out into the
world, living lives of love, service and selflessness, so that others may be inspired by our thoughts, words and deeds.
We ask these and all of our prayers, in Jesus’ name, Amen

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Choose someone in your form to lead your prayer this morning. They should read anything in bold, and everyone else should join in on the other parts.

We begin our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Today, we celebrate the feast day of St. Hugh of Lincoln, patron saint of the Diocese of Nottingham.

Let’s find out about St. Hugh here:

https://www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/news/st-hugh-of-lincoln-patron-of-the-diocese-of-nottingham

Think how you might be inspired by St. Hugh’s story and example.

Let us pray:

We pray for St. Hugh and all the saints.
May he, and they, inspire in each of us the call to goodness, service and standing up for what is right.
Lord, in your mercy Hear our prayer.

We end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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